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Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten / Wispelwey, Lazic

Release Date: 11/11/2003 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 20003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichSergei ProkofievBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Pieter WispelweyDejan Lazic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another winner from Wispelwey; playing of plentiful eloquence and imagination

We’re not short of first-rate accounts of the Sonata that Britten wrote for Rostropovich in 1960-01. Pieter Wispelwey and Dejan Lazi´c immediately throw down the gauntlet with an provocatively mobile, nervy reading of the opening ‘Dialogo’ (they’re well over a minute swifter than both comparative rivals). It’s a lean, lithe and sparky view that proves symptomatic of the whole. Traditionalists may baulk, finding it all perhaps a bit too cunning for comfort, but there’s no denying the intellect, emotional scope and questing spirit on show.

Wispelwey’s mellow, distinctively ‘vocal’ tone-projection is heard to particularly
Read more beguiling advantage in the flowing lyrical lines that are such a feature of first and third movements of the Shostakovich Sonata. If ultimately not quite as selfless or humane as Rostropovich’s 1964 Aldeburgh alliance with Britten, here is a rapt and characterful reading which never loses sight of the Classical sensibility beneath this music’s by turns troubled and slyly humorous surface. As for Prokofiev’s seductive Sonata, these quick-witted newcomers give another articulate and poetic display, with results that are more personable and subtly variegated than the beefier Chang/Pappano version (the chief glory of the latter partnership’s recent EMI disc resides in the exceptional Symphony-Concerto coupling).

Boasting vividly truthful sound and admirable balance, this classy Channel Classics release has already afforded me heaps of stimulation and pleasure.

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [9/2003]

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 

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